President of the Jungle
by André Rodrigues, Larissa Ribeiro, Paula Desgualdo, and Pedro Markun
The jungle animals are upset by Lion’s selfishness. They hold a demonstration and then decide they want to be a democracy so that they can elect a new leader. Lion must run against Monkey, Sloth, and Snake. Lion runs on a platform of tradition; Monkey runs on a smear campaign that promises no more lies, Snake on being an everysnake, and Sloth on patient reform. The candidates campaign, rally, and debate and then everyone votes. Lion is disqualified for cheating and Sloth wins. In Sloth’s victory speech, they vow to make a team to work together.
Originally published in Portuguese (in Brazil), it’s easy to see how this book would be translated into 6 other languages, including English. It’s not just a good story that shows how elections work in a very general way; it also feels particularly apt right now in calling out selfish world leaders and increasing election turnout.